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By Bill Whitehead
“Playoffs?…You kidding me? Playoffs!” Those, of course, are the immortal words of an astounded Jim Mora during a legendary NFL press conference in 2001, but with a strong start to the season, many in Pantherland are thinking about the postseason. And the actions of Florida general manager Dale Tallon, like last Saturday afternoon when he made a major alteration to the team by trading fan favorite David Booth, hint that Tallon may believe this team is close to taking a major step that will lead to more hockey in April than just the four games on the schedule.
What do the Panthers have to do to make the postseason? They’ve already done a few things that help. They completely blew up a terrible roster from the end of last season and transformed it into one that, simply put, has more top-flight skill on it. The names Versteeg, Fleischmann, Campbell, Upshall, Bergenheim, Kopecky and Bradley are familiar ones around the NHL because of their accomplishments. Sure, Florid...
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Not long after David Booth was traded to Vancouver on Saturday night, general manager Dale Tallon walked into a conference room at BankAtlantic Center with a scowl on his face.
Not many people would welcome a trade from the sun and warmth of South Beach to the Pacific Northwest. David Booth is thrilled to be moving three time zones west.
On Saturday, the Florida Panthers dealt Booth, center Steve Reinprecht and a third-round draft pick in 2013 to the Vancouver Canucks for forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.
For Booth, it is a trade from an NHL...
The New Jersey Devils have claimed forward Ryan Carter on waivers from the Florida Panthers. The Devils announced the move on Wednesday and said the five-year veteran will join the team on its road trip in Phoenix. Carter was scoreless in seven games this season. He has 14 goals and 21 assists in 189 career games with Anaheim, Carolina and Florida.
Panthers rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson received the word in practice today that he will be staying with Florida.
Michal Repik and Angelo Esposito of the San Antonio Rampage visited Team Up Challenge semi-finalist Club World at Hobby Middle School.
The Panthers must officially decide whether to keep the rookie Erik Gudbranson after the teams ninth game Thursday night against Ottawa.
A day after a late meltdown cost the Panthers at least one point in the standings and potentially a three-game winning streak, coach Kevin Dineen went back to the basics.
The Panthers rallied to tie it with 47.1 seconds left, and then gave up the winning tally with only 2.5 seconds remaining.
Center picked up from Panthers is NHL veteran
The suddenly-hot Ottawa Senators will shoot for a fourth straight victory when they host the Florida Panthers in tonight's clash at Scotiabank Place.
Preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders, 7 p.m. ET.
Unless you were Rick DiPietro's cheekbones, you probably really enjoyed the 2010-11 season series between the Penguins and Islanders. First, there was that now-legendary goalie fight. Then, nine days later, the two teams went batcrap on one another, combining for 346 penalty minutes, including 15 fighting majors...
A different climate isn't the only change new Canucks forward David Booth is going to have to get used to. The Michigan native is going from a team in the midst of an epic playoff drought to one that fell just short of a Stanley Cup championship a season ago.
Vancouver Canucks beat blogger Riley Trottier is back and better than ever. With some things to get off his chest. This week, things that bother him about the Canucks, the media coverage of new Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth, and the fact that it pushed Roberto Luongo and the goalie controversy out of the media for a few days...
Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 10 matchup between the St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks. A 3-0 Vancouver loss. Along with Kevin Bieksa, David Booth and the American Express line, (Ryan Kesler, Christopher Higgins) struggled through some early growing pains versus the Blues.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the St. Louis Blues 3-0 win over the Canucks. The Canucks offense was shut out for the third time this year by Brian Elliot. Ryan Kesler, Christopher Higgins, and David Booth were nowhere to be found.